Phl 458 Week 1 Individual Assignment Critical Thinking and Society Exercise

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Critical Thinking and Society Exercise PHL/458 University of Phoenix

Describe a situation in which critical and creative thought could have been used for a better outcome. Describe why it is important to think critically and creatively in similar situations. A situation, in which critical and creative thought could have been used for a better outcome, is when investors were making decisions about the purchase of real estate. In 2006 the real estate market was giving signs of weakening where prior to that year it was booming, but investors were not thinking critically and creatively instead, they were greedy and they let greed make decisions for them. To make matters worse
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The truth never changes. You make a choice based on a truth: If you don’t work you will be become a free rider in society.

Knowledge: Knowledge can change as new information is available. Ideas do not constitute knowledge unless they correspond to reality (Ruggiero, 2010, p.29).Now this knowledge of wanting to go to work corresponds to the reality of having a roof over your head or food on your table.

Opinion: “Opinions are intensely personal, so it is understandable that people have strong feelings about theirs. (Ruggiero, 2010, p.34). Your opinion may not be the truth but for an individual it is a personal view and not any one else’s.

Identify three hindrances to the critical thinking process. Determine methods for overcoming these hindrances. Identify a time in which you experienced a hindrance in critical thinking. Describe a method you could use to overcome the hindrances.

Hindrances: Resistance to change, conformity and self-deception.

Overcoming resistance to change: By having an open mind and welcoming, not necessarily accepting, many new ideas.

Overcoming Conformity: The right way to fight conformity is to think for yourself and not worry about how many people share your view.

Overcoming self-deception: Only when we are able to decide honestly what information we need
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